We needn’t believe in a supreme deity to appreciate what stupendous feats human beings can achieve when our eyes are on something bigger than ourselves. Trotsky was right:
Life is not an easy matter…. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Why did anyone dream of such an enterprise?